President of the jury

Lukas Dhont

Paris, February 21, 2024

Belgian director Lukas Dhont, who won multiple awards at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 with his first film "GIRL" (including the Caméra d'Or and Queer Palm), and then in 2022 with "CLOSE" (Grand Prix), will be the president of the Queer Palm jury in May 2024.

Lukas Dhont stated: "I feel incredibly honored to president the next Queer Palm Jury. Queer cinema is a cinema that transcends, subverts, interrogates and wonders. It is an act of liberation. A quest for authenticity. An exercise in truthfulness. A journey of finding vocabulary. Queer art is about creating a space where one can discover themselves. I wouldn't be who I am today without queer art and am eager to discover this years cinematic achievements".

The Queer Palm was created in 2010 by French journalist Franck Finance-Madureira and awards a feature film and a short film each year from the Cannes selections (Official Selection, Un Certain Regard, Critics' Week, Directors' Fortnight, Acid). Last year, "L'Innocence" (Monster) by Japanese director Kore-Eda and "Boléro" by French director Nans Laborde-Jourdaa were awarded by the jury chaired by John Cameron Mitchell.

Lukas Dhont had already agreed to be the mentor of the first edition Queer Palm Lab c (2024/2025). The Queer Palm Lab consists of a year-long mentorship and residency for 5 young aspiring filmmakers from around the world with a project for their first queer feature film. Applications are open until March 15, 2024, on the website, and the winners of the first cohort will be announced during the Cannes Film Festival.


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